Wednesday, 31 October 2007


The changing of the old guard at the beginning of the 1990s in a number of African countries led to new optimism. Tyrannical dictators were overthrown and the "new leaders" embraced modern policies and values. And it is working:
"One of the interesting things about President Kagame's government is there is more women in his government than anywhere else in Africa, which I think speaks to the man's character and understanding about how societies remain strong and whole. I appreciate his commitment to education. And I want to thank you, Mr. President, for your understanding that the best way for an economy to develop is to welcome private capital. He's been working hard with companies here in America. Many companies are taking a good look at Rwanda because they realize it's a country where they will be treated fairly and there is a transparent society and he's had some success, which will help people find work. And that's, to me, a sign of leadership". George Bush

In Ethiopia, Prime Minister Meles' party has never been popular throughout the country. Just three days after his guerilla fighters had overthrown the despised regime of military leader Mengistu Haile Mariam in 1991, there was a demonstration in Addis Abeba against the new regime. The people in the capital felt they had been liberated by the wrong liberators. Meles reacted calmly but arrogantly: "The townspeople do not yet understand our peasants' movement, the right political education will make it clear to them".Former US President Bill Clinton called the guerilla-fighters-turned-presidents "the new leaders". He praised them for organising their economies on the basis of International Monetary Fund policy. Africa's new guard was seen to support democratic values because they had overthrown ruthless dictatorships. Besides, they were well-educated village leaders who had climbed their way up. Their no-nonsense approach was a product of their time: in their chronically instable countries, they fulfilled a historic and necessary role. And as things lok , they way right all the way President of Uganda with USA President yesterday at State house Thursday 01, November, 2007, 18:00
The Day after Mugabe: where next for Mbeki’s mediation?
Dr Peter Kagwanja, Director in the Democracy and Governance Research Programme, Human Sciences Research Council (South Africa)
Tawanda Mutasah, Zimbabwean lawyer and
Director, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa
Patsy Robertson, former Director of Information, Commonwealth Secretariat, and an Observer of the Zimbabwe elections in 2002
Judy Todd, Author and veteran campaigner
The world is counting on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to negotiate a way out of the crisis in Zimbabwe. Led by South African President Thabo Mbeki, SADC has pinned its hopes on a free and fair election in March 2008. Is this possible? What role should the international community play? The plenary and discussion will be followed by a reception to launch The Day after Mugabe: Prospects for Change in Zimbabwe, edited by Gugulethu Moyo and Mark Ashurst. The book includes contributions by Dr Peter Kagwanja and Tawanda Mutasah.
A limited number of copies of the book, published with support from Africa Research Institute, may also be pre-ordered free of charge by emailing
Admission free.Please note that places for this event are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. A copy of the email confirming that a place has been reserved for you, will be required to gain admittance.
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UBUNTU -Recommended reading:
Declarations or Statements which have been issued by Commonwealth Heads of Government at various summits.
Harare Commonwealth Declaration This landmark agreement set the Commonwealth on a new course: that of promoting democracy and good governance, human rights and the rule of law, gender equality and sustainable economic and social development.

Ali Muhammed Gedi, Interim Prime Minister of Somalia
Ethiopia welcomes the end of the misunderstanding with the TFG at the highest level
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia is pleased that recent political tensions in Somalia, within the Transitional Federal Government, have reached an amicable solution, and that President Abdullahi Yusuf and former Prime Minister Mohammed Ali Gedi have resolved their differences in a statesmanlike and peaceful manner.
This morning [29 Oct], at 9.30, Prime Minister Gedi met with President Abdullahi to offer his resignation. During a forty-five minute meeting, in which the President accepted the Prime Minister’s resignation, they agreed on the need to continue to work together for the good of Somalia. The Prime Minister then discussed the process of his resignation with the Speaker. Both the Speaker and the President expressed their appreciation of the Prime Minister’s courage in taking this step. The Speaker emphasized that it would help strengthen the institutions of the Transitional Federal Government, and underline the TFG’s commitment to the rule of law in Somalia. Before addressing Parliament, Prime Minister Gedi also met with a group of fifteen of his Parliamentary supporters in Parliament, informing them of his decision to resign, and of his discussions with the President and the Speaker. He emphasized his agreement with the President that the two of them would continue to work together in any way possible in the future, and that he had offered to make his experience available to the new prime minister.

In his speech to the Parliament, Mr. Gedi underlined his respect for the institutions and its members. It was, he said, a key institution of the Transitional Federal Government, and a symbol of the hopes and aspirations of the Somali people. In a statesmanlike address, which was warmly received, he emphasized the need for everyone to work together to re-establishment of a functional government for all Somalia, to get away from any culture of blame. He spoke of the central role of Parliament in the operation of the Federal Charter and the rule of law. The Transitional Government, he said, has been, and remained, a major source of hope for the people of Somalia. And he asked Parliament to stand firmly behind the Government, and continue to work for the objectives of the charter. He felt his government had laid a sound foundation for progress. There was, he said, no alternative to the charter or the Transitional Federal Institutions. He regretted the recent political tensions, but took pride in the fact that they had been within the framework of the Charter, within the rule of law. Indeed, he said, his resignation was, in its own way, a part of the process of re-establishing a real government.

He spoke as a Somali patriot and of his belief that the country was always more important than the individual. He said he had sacrificed a lot, indeed he has been the target of five assassination attempts and lost a number of his close relatives, but he stressed that he was always prepared to sacrifice anything for Somalia. He would always do everything in his power to help Somalia.

He noted that the Transitional Federal Government had faced some formidable opponents. He referred to continuing terrorist attacks, and to the role that Eritrea had played in opposition to the Transitional Federal Government and in support of its enemies. He underlined his own personal appreciation for the great help provided by Somalia’s friends in the region and in the international community. The Transitional Federal Government, he said, had benefited immeasurably from the support of its partners, especially in the fight against terrorism. He emphasized he had always fought against terrorism, and, he said, we have had some notable successes, not least in the last year. He believed the Transitional Federal Government had made it impossible for any handful of terrorists to seize power illegally in Somalia. The government had fully demonstrated that the ideology of terrorism was unacceptable to all Somalis. Equally, this was a struggle that needed to continue in order to obtain the complete victory over terrorism that was necessary. Without this, the objectives of the Federal Charter could not be achieved. The just, peaceful and democratic Somalia that everyone wanted would not be reached. He appealed to everyone to continue this struggle, which was, he insisted, a struggle upon which the future of Somalia as a democratic state depended.

At the same time, Mr. Gedi also spoke of the responsibility of the people of Somalia to address the concerns of the international community, the responsibility to contribute to regional stability, and to continue the fight against terrorism. He said Somalis had an obligation, to themselves and to the region, to work for peace and stability and security.

Mr. Gedi said he was sure the Parliament would co-operate fully with whoever succeeded him. He reiterated that he himself would be happy to make his experience available to the new prime minister, and serve in any capacity, as he had told the President earlier. He paid tribute to the President’s qualities as a notable politician and a formidable and courageous leader. He concluded by offering his best wishes for success to the members of parliament and government, and to his successor.

President Abdullahi himself then also addressed Parliament. He expressed his appreciation to Mr. Gedi for the work he had done and role he had played as prime minister, and thanked him for the courageous patriotism that he had displayed in taking his decision. The President assured the members of Parliament that he would continue to work with the former prime minister. He emphasized that he expected Mr. Gedi’s experience to be of great value to the Prime Minister’s Office and to Parliament in the future.

29 October 2007
Addis Ababa

COMING SOON ! COMING SOON! The launch of 'Civil Paths to Peace '
Report of the Commonwealth Commission on Respect and Understanding
by the Commonwealth Secretary-General
Rt Hon Don McKinnon
Civil Paths to Peace is the result of a mandate from Commonwealth Heads of Government to look into the causes of conflict, violence and extremism in Commonwealth countries.
It focuses on the problem of group-based violence and its impact on communities, advocating solutions based on individuals’ multiple identities. This marks a departure from cultural or ‘civilisational’ explanations of world conflict.
Civil Paths to Peace argues that the solution to conflicts within the Commonwealth should be rooted in the association’s agreed principles of human rights, democracy, gender equality, the rule of law and a transparent and accountable political culture.

Sunday, 28 October 2007



The International Coffee Organization (ICO) is the main intergovernmental organization for coffee, bringing together producing and consuming countries to tackle the challenges facing the world coffee sector through international cooperation. It makes a practical contribution to the world coffee economy and to improving standards of living in developing countries by:
Photos: Ayoub mzee
The Executive Director is appointed by the Council, and is responsible to the Council for the administration and operation of the Agreement. The present Executive Director is Mr. Néstor Osorio, [above with black tie]a Colombian national, who took up office on 1 March 2002. In May 2007, the International Coffee Council unanimously decided to extend his term of office for a further five years until September 2012.
The Council is the highest authority of the Organization and is composed of representatives of each Member country. It undertakes the following activities among others:
Approval of the annual programme of activities and budget
Admission or suspension of Members
Settlement of disputes
Matters concerning the extension or termination of the Agreement.

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Ayoub mzee interviewing the kenya minister of coperatives and marketing Hon Pter Ndwiga MP

The PSCB is composed of 16 leading industry representatives from producing and consuming countries. It acts in a consultative and advisory capacity to the Council on matters of concern to the world coffee industry. It was established in 1999 and meets at the time of the Council. Priority areas for its long-term Agenda include:Positive communication on coffee
Sustainable development ,Food safety

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The KenyaMinister of Co-operative Development and Marketing HON. Peter Njeru Ndwiga MP with colleagues at the Headquaters

The story of how coffee growing and drinking spread around the world is one of the greatest and most romantic in history. It starts in the Horn of Africa, in Ethiopia, where the coffee tree probably originated in the province of Kaffa. There are various fanciful but unlikely stories surrounding the discovery of the properties of roasted coffee beans. One story has it that an Ethiopian goatherd was amazed at the lively behaviour of his goats after chewing red coffee berries. What we know with more certainty is that the succulent outer cherry flesh was eaten by slaves taken from present day Sudan into Yemen and Arabia, through the great port of its day, Mocha, now synonymous with coffee. Coffee was certainly being cultivated in Yemen by the 15th century and probably much earlier than that.

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Ayoub mzee with the chief scientist at the international coffee organisation
The amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee can vary greatly, depending on its origin or the composition of the blend, the method of brewing and the strength of the brew. Instant, or soluble, coffee generally contains less caffeine than roast and ground coffee, but may be consumed in greater volume. Robusta coffees have about twice as much caffeine as arabicas. A 'cup' is usually understood to contain 150 ml (5 oz in the United States) but an espresso may be as small as 40 ml.

Embassy of The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia


· Ethiopia is now a democracy with regular multi-party elections – the third national elections took place in May last year when almost a third of seats were won by opposition parties. There are now 116 women MPs.

· The democratisation process is ongoing in three key areas. First, in light of the experience of last year’s elections, there has been dialogue between government and opposition parties who have agreed on changes to how Parliament operates to make it more inclusive. Political parties which were voted into the Parliament adopted the Rules of Procedure and Code of Conduct of the House.

· Second, the press law has been reviewed in light of the experience of four countries – the UK, India, Canada and Germany – by independent consultants from these countries commissioned by Parliament. The draft press law prepared by these consultants will be discussed by all stakeholders - that is, the party in power, the opposition parties in Parliament, civic groups, the private press, government and semi-autonomous print and electronic media and academics.

· Third, the National Electoral Board rules were reviewed and revised to improve the way that representatives are voted into Parliament and onto other bodies. Once the new procedures are in place, there will be elections for Addis Ababa which currently has a provisional administration.

· Ethiopia will meet all the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

· Ethiopia’s economy has grown at a rate of 9% in the past three years and is expected to grow at 10% per year for the next five years. Ethiopia’s revenue from exports has surpassed the $1 billion threshold for the first time. Ethiopia used to rely on the export of two or three primary commodities, but export diversity is gaining momentum, especially in the domain of agro-processing such as leather and cut flowers. Tourism is also increasing, bringing new jobs, particularly in eco-tourism which helps local communities – the new Simien Mountain lodge being just one example of a successful joint-venture partnership.

· As regards education, over 80% of Ethiopian children now have access to primary education. There are now more than 13,500 elementary schools and 550 secondary schools. Ethiopia had only one university in 1984. It now has eight universities and work has begun on an additional 13 universities. Most woredas (districts) have at least one high school, all of which are connected by satellite in a programme called School-Net.

· Concerning health, over 80% of the population now have access to health care with improved access in key areas such as malaria prevention – more than 13 million bed- nets are being distributed this year.

· Irrigation and water harvesting have brought advances in farming and increased yields. Dams have been built, thousands of wells have been sunk and more of both are on the way. A record number of roads have been built and more are being built and others refurbished.

· Ethiopia’s future is guaranteed. Ethiopia has the right policies in place and has achieved encouraging results.

We want all Ethiopians to engage with the ongoing democratic process back home to help make Ethiopia truly great, once again in this, our Millennial year


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Saturday, 27 October 2007


This month, ANC struggle hero Oliver Tambo would have turned 90. VIVA! AMANDLA!
Jack Straw, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, spoke at a special tribute to the late African National Congress (ANC) President,Oliver Tambo.Mr Tambo was co-founder of the modern South African state and he led thestruggle in exile for many years from the London borough of Haringey, wherethe tribute was held. He was the president of the ANC from 1969.
Jack Straw said:"The lasting legacy of Oliver Tambo does not rest in this memorial, as great as it is. Nor does it lie in the prosperous and free future South Africacan now enjoy.His legacy will be in the hope he has offered to many across the worldwho struggle against oppressive dictatorships. And the conviction that the sacrifice of a few can bring about a great change for the many."A bust of Mr Tambo, the work of the sculptor the late Ian Walters, was jointly unveiled by First Lady of South Africa, Mrs Zanele Mbeki, HaringeyCouncil Leader Councillor George Meehan and Mr Straw.

Ayoub mzee with YVONNE CHAKACHA

Struggle hero Oliver Tambo honoured in Parliament (September 20, 2007, 16:45
Oliver Tambo honoured at ECape ceremony (September 17, 2007, 13:30
Politicians pay tribute to Oliver Tambo (September 17, 2007, 19:15)
Acknowledgement: harringey council, Ministry of Justice, S. Africa High commission UK, S. Africa Government.Photos: Eric -Africa echo and Ayoub mzee -BEN TV


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Wednesday, 24 October 2007


MEET MR YUSUF KASHANGWA-DIRECTOR TANZANIA TRADE CENTRE The activities of the Trade Centre concentrate on:
-Undertaking marketing research and market intelligence aimed at identifying import opportunities in the U.K. for products of export interest from Tanzania to enable, Tanzania exporters increase their exports to the U.K.
-Publicising investment opportunities in Tanzania through disseminating information on investment projects and profile, legislation, incentives, joint ventures, privatization, etc.
-The centre serves as the tourist promotion office. In this regard the Centre liaises with tour operators and services all enquiries on holiday/leisure and business travel to Tanzania: distributes tourism promotion materials.
--Co-ordinating participation by Tanzania companies at Trade and Travel exhibitions held in U.K
-Serving trade missions and business delegations between the two countries.
-Identifying training opportunities that would benefit Tanzanian entrepreneurs. The Trade Centre serves as the processing agent to commercial agreements involving Tanzania and U.K based companies and monitors implementation of such agreements.
-Conducting Company research to authenticate and establish the capacity of U.K registered companies intending to enter into business arrangements with Tanzania.
-Representing Tanzania in the International Organisations with headquaters in London which include the International Coffee Organisation (ICO), international Maritime Organisation (IMO), International Mobile Satelite Organisation (INMARSAT), CAB International, London Sisal Association, Association of Coffee Producing Countries (ACPS) etc.
-Participating in meetings, seminars, conferences, exhibitions trade fair, and other events for a commercial and economic interest to Tanzania held in the United Kingdom and assumes full responsibility for representing Tanzania where no delegates travel from Tanzania.
-Rendering services to enable Tanzanian importers source their imports from the most competitive sources.
-The Trade Centre is continuously building up a computerized database of promotional materials that will also carry commercial and economic information on Tanzania. Tanzania offers a wealth of market opportunities for foreign companies. With a population of over 34.5 million consumers, a rapidly growing economy, and high levels of domestic investment spending, the Tanzania market will remain an important target destination for local and foreign products and services. On top of that, Tanzania is part of two distinct market areas: Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and the East African Community (EAC), with some 304 million consumers.
Tanzania has a stable fiscal regime with sustainable level of inflation. Under its economic recovery program, Tanzania increased revenue streams and substantially reduced spending. During the quarter ending September 2003, the quarterly year-to-year inflation rate, declined to 4.6 percent as of December 2000. This continuous decline in the rate of inflation is mainly the result of prudent fiscal and monetary policies

Investments in Tanzania are guaranteed against nationalisation and expropriation. Tanzania is a signatory of several multilateral and bilateral agreements on protection and promotion of foreign investment. Among other international agreements and membership, Tanzania is a member of Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

The pro investment attitude by Government is clearly demonstrated by the innovative investment legislation, the increasing number of foreign direct investments in the country and economic and structural reforms that have led to substantial progress in establishing a functioning market economy. Institutional support for priority investment projects is readily available from the Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) and other Government institutions.

Tanzania offers a well-balanced and competitive package of fiscal incentives in comparison with other African countries. Aiming at providing competitive fiscal regime on foreign trade, Tanzania has signed double taxation treaties with Denmark, India, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Finland. Countries with which negotiations are continuing include South Africa, Republic of Korea, Zimbabwe, United Arab Emirates, Russia, Seychelles, Mauritius, Egypt, and Oman.
Tanzania Trade Centre 3 Stratford PlaceLondonW1C 1ASTel: +44 207 758 8070Fax: +44 207 758

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The Queens and Kings from africa

Ayoub Mzee with the Deputy secretary General of the UN DR Rosemary Asha Migiro
The UN has played an important role in addressing conflicts in Africa. Half of the peacekeeping missions in the post-Cold War era have been in Africa. The continent also hosts about 85 percent of peacekeepers. In addition, a significant amount of the UN’s socio-economic and humanitarian efforts are located in Africa. In spite of the important role played by the UN in Africa, there is still paucity of knowledge about the organization and how to access it to serve the continent’s needs among many African practitioners and policy makers. We believe that the appointment fo Dr Asha Migiro will help to bridge the gap between Africans and the UN given her experience. For more info visit

A DAY WITH H.E JOACHIM CHISANO IN LONDON HRH The Princess Royal with Mr Chissano.

Mr Chissano is presented with the Prize winner's scroll.
HRH The Princess Royal presents Mr Chissano with the Prize.

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( L-R): Malcolm Brinded, Executive Director of Exploration and Production, Royal Dutch Shell; Lady Levene; Professor Victor Bulmer-Thomas, Director, Chatham House; Mr Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique and 2006 Chatham House Prize winner; HRH The Princess Royal; Lord Levene; Lord Triesman; Dr DeAnne Julius, Chairman, Chatham House; Rear Admiral Laurence.
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Mr Chissano, President of Mozambique from 1986-2005, is credited with having turned the war-torn country into one of Africa's most successful democratic states. Having secured peace with the former Renamo rebel movement in 1992 Mr Chissano secured multi-party democracy and a free market economy for Mozambique. He stepped down in 2005, even though the constitution - and many supporters - would have permitted him another term.
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Keynote speeches were made by Lord Triesman, Minister for Africa, and Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon.

First Magazine published a special report to celebrate the presentation of the 2006 Chatham House Prize.
Leading international thinking by Prof. Bulmer-Thomas
Vision and statesmanship by Malcolm Brinded
Oil prices and the world economy by Dr DeAnne Julius
Peace and development by Joaquim Chissano
A Land of Opportunity by Antonio Gumende
Managing powerful change - An interview with Lord Ashdown by Markus Coleman
South Africa: the great exception by Prof. Jack E Spence
[Acknowledgement : Chatham house, Mozambique high commission london,Mozambique government, Mo ibrahim Foundation]

This commonwealth Food and crafts exhibition allows people to discover the diversity of the Commonwealth by sampling authentic world cuisine and enjoying the varieties of teas, coffees, punches and other exotic drinks. It also offers an opportunity to meet with friends whilst buying seasonal gifts from a huge range of unique Commonwealth handicrafts, jewellery, tropical flowers and delicacies.
All proceeds from the event go to the CCL Education Fund, allowing them to continue their work and further the education of girls across the member nations.Both Uganda and Tanzania girls have been recipients .

The mission of the Commonwealth Countries League (CCL) is to promote the equality of status, liberties and opportunities between women and men in the Commonwealth

raising funds to assist with the education of women and girls of proven ability who are in need of financial assistance in their own Commonwealth countries

-supporting the work of the Commonwealth Countries League Education Fund which provides grants to enable girls of good academic ability, but who are financially disadvantaged, to complete their secondary education.

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Tuesday, 23 October 2007


GAB AWARDS 2007- GAB stands for Gathering of africa's best .Its now part of the mayor of london 'Africa initiative' DAY
Ayoub mzee recieving an award from the MD of KATO enterprises UK LTD
The nigerian High commissioner in the UK - H.E D C B Nwanna making a speech
Mr and mrs Femi Okutubu
The Alafin of Oyo -Yoruba King was also present
The Oyo Empire of the Niger Delta (Nigeria) also developed an elaboratesystem of checks and balances to guard against despotism . The political system centered aroundfour powerful figures: the Alafin, the Bashorun, the Oluwo and theKankafo. Theoretically, all power came from Alafin who was consideredsemi divine.

" I, Adeyami, Alafin of Oyo and Head of Yoruba-land, the four corners of which are and have been from time immemorial known as Egba, Ketu, Jebu and Oyo, embracing within its area that inhabited by all Yoruba-speaking peoples, being desirous of entering into, and maintaining for ever, friendly relations with the subjects of Her Majesty, the Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, and of developing the resources of Yoruba by means of legitimate trade with the subjects of Her Majesty and those under her protection or who may hereafter come under her protection, and in gratitude for what the Queen has at so much expense and risk to life done from time to time for my country, have at this day at the city of Oyo in the presnece of witnesses declared my intention of abiding by the following articles:..........."
An african cultural dance
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